As part of its mission to help food brand owners and retailers create a circular economy society, paper manufacturer Arjowiggins has launched Sylvicta – a ground-breaking new sustainable alternative to plastics in packaging.
Sylvicta is a translucent, functional barrier paper that has been proven to preserve the quality of food and cosmetics just as well as conventional plastics – all the while ensuring limited impact on the environment. Testament to its unique sustainable properties, the pioneering paper is fully recyclable, compostable, marine degradable and made from renewable raw materials.
Sylvicta’s distinct advantage is its very high barrier to oxygen – the leading cause of food spoilage – which means it can help reduce food waste by prolonging shelf life during the transportation, retail and consumer phases of the value chain.
Through precision fibre refining, Arjowiggins’ experienced R&D teams have developed this unique translucent paper with a natural bonding, without the need of any harmful chemicals. The result is a paper with a barrier to oxygen, aroma, mineral oils and fatty foodstuffs.
Additionally, Arjowiggins is working continuously with food brand owners and packaging converters to open up an endless array of applications — from windows in packaging to make the content visible, pouches for dry fruits, bags for salads, and flow-packs for chocolate bars, all the way through to metallised versions of Sylvicta for butter or margarine packaging.
Answering the market’s need for sustainable alternatives to single-use packaging and flexible laminates, with Sylvicta food brands can reduce or even eradicate the use of plastics in their packaging. It’s the ideal solution for creating a globally sustainable, circular economy as it can integrate into existing recycling schemes.
“Despite the ongoing movement towards more sustainable packaging, plastics still remain a popular choice for food brand owners, largely for practical reasons. Until now, most of the existing offer, mainly in single-use packaging, use unrecyclable, multi-layered laminates incorporating plastics or aluminium foil,” explained Christophe Jordan, Managing Director of the Translucent Papers division at Arjowiggins.
“The good news is retailers looking for a fully recyclable, compostable and biodegradable paper packaging need look no further than Sylvicta – the product is simply revolutionary. It can help to create the circular economy society we all desire.”
When running through conventional converting lines, Sylvicta offers limitless creative possibilities: it can be foil-stamped, glued, embossed, printed in offset, gravure, and flexography, metallised, or coated with heat or cold-sealable materials.
Sylvicta also benefits from the exceptional environmental standards set by Arjowiggins Translucent Papers business. Like all of its products, Sylvicta is FSC and PEFC-certified, produced on a site that’s ISO 14001-compliant, and is carbon-offset through the World Land Trust’s Carbon Balanced programme.
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